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Name: William Henry Hubbard
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar William Hubbard
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 5, 7, 73
Victories: 12
Born: 19 March 1886
Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Died: 19 June 1960
Place of Death: Canada
2nd Lieutenant William Henry Hubbard joined the Royal Flying Corps at Toronto on 9 August 1915 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2871 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Catterick Bridge on 9 May 1916. As a reconnaissance pilot serving with 5 and 7 Squadrons, he flew the B.E.2c and scored one victory against a Fokker Eindecker on 8 September 1916. Badly wounded by Erwin Böhme on 26 December 1916, he eventually returned to duty as a flight instructor during the summer of 1917. In March 1918, he was assigned to 73 Squadron as a flight commander. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he scored eleven more victories before the Armistice was signed.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. William Henry Hubbard.
   During recent operations he has repeatedly descended to low altitudes to release his bombs and to open machine-gun fire on troops and transport. He has shown the greatest gallantry, judgment and presence of mind. On several occasions he has attacked and driven down out of control enemy aeroplanes.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Capt. William Henry Hubbard, D.F.C. (FRANCE.)
   This officer has shown great bravery and devotion to duty in destroying enemy aircraft, ten of which he has accounted for, and in silencing anti-tank guns. On 27 September, flying at altitudes between 200 and 1,500 feet, he engaged and silenced many anti-tank guns, thereby rendering valuable service. He, at the same time, completed a detailed and accurate reconnaissance of the area, locating the position of our troops.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Sep 1916 p.m. 5 B.E.2c 1 Fokker E (DES) St. Julien
2 11 Apr 1918 1910 73 Sopwith Camel (C8269) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Villers-Brettoneaux
3 21 May 1918 1830 73 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) Armentières
4 06 Jun 1918 1710 73 Sopwith Camel (D1841) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Champien
5 09 Jun 1918 1410 73 Sopwith Camel (D1841) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Conchy
6 10 Jun 1918 0705 73 Sopwith Camel (D1841) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SW of Rollot
7 11 Jun 1918 1600 73 Sopwith Camel (D1841) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Rollot
8 08 Jul 1918 0720 73 Sopwith Camel (D1958) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Seclin
9 29 Aug 1918 1030 73 Sopwith Camel (D1958) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Monchy
10 29 Aug 1918 1040 73 Sopwith Camel (D1958) Fokker D.VII (CAP) E of Hendecourt
11 15 Sep 1918 1810 73 Sopwith Camel (F1917) Fokker D.VII (DES) Gouy sous Bellone
12 08 Oct 1918 0815 73 Sopwith Camel (F6351) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Maretz

1 Observer Lt H B Richards
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